After leaving Kim's, I cruised back to HWY 15 and went on in to House of Bonsai. Vicky Lee and I are very good friends and she always finds time to shoot the breeze for an hour or so. She went into a lot of detail about the problems with importing material and also importing the talent to keep trees like this in good condition in the nursery. The people are there in China and Korea just begging to come hear and work on trees, but the red tape in sponsoring these people is just more work than she is willing to deal with. She told me that the bonsai nursery business has changed so much in the last five years that making a buck in the nursery business without color is getting next to impossible.
Most of the stuff around the nursery that was earmarked for the convention was marked with a red ribbon. It was mostly not for sale. A person could tag it, come to the convention and buy it there. She tries to make it fair for all. I like that. I bought assorted pots and some akadama and a some real small lava for topping. No trees I wanted here, but the pots I procured more than made up for it. Graydon had looked at the pots the day before and snoozed on two of them. I scarfed them and when I showed them to him later at the convention, we agreed that the one pot was perfect for the plant I intended it for. ( BTW,Thanks Graydon for not buying those!)